Say no to more pig barns in Manitoba
Just a few months ago and seven years after a hard-won joint campaign between three animal advocacy organizations (Animal Alliance of Canada, Canadians For Ethical Treatment of Farmed Animals and the Canadian Coalition for Farm Animals) which saw improved regulations to prevent barn fires in Manitoba, the Manitoba government announced its intention to repeal the Manitoba Farm Building Code, removing two important forms of protection for farmed animals from barn fires (fire stops on load-bearing walls and the requirement for a water supply to fight fires).
Then, in April, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister (PC) introduced Bill 24, which calls for the amendment or repeal of 15 pieces of legislation. If adopted, the new legislation would eliminate the ban on the construction of new pig barns and weaken environmental regulations governing the handling and spreading of untreated pig manure.
Manitoba already has 1,379 pig farms, and is currently experiencing yet another outbreak of PED, which sentences piglets to slow, excruciating deaths. Yet, the industry’s new goal — supported by the Pallister government — is to increase pig production by 25 per cent through the addition of 50 to 100 new barns, subjecting another 1.3 million pigs to lives of confinement, deprivation and cruelty.
It’s up to us as citizens to prevent this from happening.
How You Can Help
We need to keep the pressure on the Premier to keep the current legislative protections for pigs and the environment in place. So please, mail and call him. Hand-written letters are best but you may also print our sign-on letter by clicking here.
Please contact Premier Pallister and, if you live in Manitoba, your Member of the Legislative Assembly.
Premier Brian Pallister
Room 204 Legislative Building
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
Phone: (204) 945-3714
Fax: (204) 949-1484
May 5, 2017: Huffington Post – Bill Would Set Manitoba’s Animal Protections Back by a Decade
May 11, 2017: Winnipeg Free Press – More manure, more problems?